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Driver reaches speeds of 153mph on Aberdeen bypass

Michael Gray
Michael Gray

A speeder caught doing 153mph on the Aberdeen bypass has prompted calls for more safety measures to be introduced.

Michael Gray yesterday admitted driving dangerously by speeding on the A956 Cleanhill to Charleston stretch, near the junction with the A92.

The 26-year-old was driving a blue Mark 2 Ford Focus RS at the time of the offence on June 29 last year.

Sheriff Donald Ferguson told Gray that it was an “extremely serious matter” and deferred sentencing for reports.

He banned Gray, of Cairn Wynd, Inverurie, from the roads in the meantime.

After the hearing at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, road safety campaigners described the incident as “terrifying”.

North East MSP and shadow justice secretary Liam Kerr, who has called for safety measures on the nearby AWPR, said: “Reaching speeds of 153mph is absolutely terrifying and shocking.

“Speed limits must be adhered to.

“It’s scary to think someone could reach 153mph on the road and this could have had fatal consequences.”

Mr Kerr said he believed some people treat the adjoining AWPR as a “race track” and called for safety measures to be installed before tragedy strikes.

He added: “The AWPR should cut journey times enough without the need to speed and again illustrates the need for safety to be highlighted on the route.”

June Ross, who set up the road safety group Don’t You Forget About Me after her son Ian Buchanan was killed in a crash, also hit out.

Echoing Mr Kerr, she said it was a “horrifying speed to be driving at.”

Last year, the Press and Journal revealed the highest speed limits recorded on Scottish roads in 2018, whereby the worst incident recorded on the A92 in Fife.

That incident involved a 23-year-old being clocked at 141mph.

In 2009, biker Neil Purves was convicted of dangerous driving after hitting the fastest speed ever recorded in Scotland – 106mph above the limit.

Purves, who was clocked at 166mph near West Linton, Peeblesshire, was jailed for nine months.

And in 2003, Aberdeen car dealer Jason McAllister was jailed for five months in 2003 for driving his BMW M3 at 156.7mph on the A90 Aberdeen-Dundee road while disqualified.

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